A short week due to the holiday on Monday and some field trips & events this week, so not every class had PE twice this week, but we made the most of our time...
Our students got in a "testing" day on our PE Central Challenge skills. Several students completed challenges and many earned a medal or moved up to a higher medal! They have 3 individual challenges and 3 cooperative challenges that they are working towards completing by the end of the year.
Students worked on some hand dribbling skills this week. Here's a look at some of the activities and resources I used with them along with some videos that were incorporated into the lessons...
We had a great week in PE with some small-sided floor hockey games and some Cosmic Kids Yoga! We also celebrated our PTO Boosterthon fundraiser with our culminating event...a Glow Run! Let's take a look...
Since this was our second week of floor hockey skills, student got to experience some small-sided game play. We play 5 minute games with teams of 3-4 students on a team. Every 5 minutes we shuffle the teams and the students play again with a new group of teammates. I set up the gym to have 3 games going on at once in otder to keep all the students active and avoid waiting in line to play.
Our students worked on long-handled striking skills this week in class. We had a lot of fun learning how to use a hockey stick to control a puck or ball. We practiced on moving to open spaces using both sides of the blade and keeping the puck/ball close and under control. We also practiced clearing the puck from our end of the playing area and played some fun lead-up games that incorporated a variety of skills as well. Here's a look at lots of the lesson pieces for various grade levels that students were engaged in throughout the week.
Skill Practice Activities
Skill Practice/Application Activities
Grade 1&2: Cognitive Assessments Used This Week...
The week before Christmas break can be a difficult time of year to teach. I had a great week in the gym with my students because they were involved in self-directed activities of their choice. Sometimes the situation calls for the kids to be in charge of their own learning and a "free choice station" format allows kids to do just that. I set up several activity stations in various areas around the gym where students can choose to use equipment they are interested. Sometimes they get a game going and sometimes they just play with the equipment. Either way, there is lots of good learning taking place as students communicate, problem solve, practice skills, and find enjoyment in various forms of movement.
My rules are simple...Be Safe, Stay Active, and Have Fun! They immediate get started spending their time however they choose. The secret to a free choice format is to have enough "favorite" stations to keep the kids spread out and working in small groups or as invividuals. Learning your students' interests and providing an active outlet for them to shine makes things like this work.
Once we return from break, students in grades 3-5 will begin a floor hockey unit. They should have taken home a free ticket voucher for them to attend a Chicago Wolves Hockey home game. Details are on the sheet that was sent home this week. I wanted to send it home before the break in case you and your family are able to take advantage of going to a game over the holiday vacation. If not, there are still lots of home games in January through April.
This week marked my student teacher, Ms. Stockman's, last week here with us. She had a wonderful time with our Williamsburg students and did an outstanding job duing her 8 weeks here! We congratulate her on her college graduation and wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors!!
Students had the opportunity to try out some new equipment this week. I will occasionally receive equipment from PE vendors to try out with our students and then provide the company feedback. This week we tried out a set of equipment called "Balance Buster" in which we experimented with several different ways to interact with the equipment that worked on a variety of skills. Below are some of the activites we worked on.
We also worked on a cooperative scooter activity that students really liked called, "Special Delivery." The video below shows a single, first grade class working in partner pairs.
Below is a look at the "Special Delivery" activity with our double kindergarten class. Most students are working in groups of 3 and rotating positions after each turn. This was a fun, holiday-themed activity that worked on cooperation, taking turns, and using equipment & space safely.
This week students were engaged in some "gymnastics-type" activities working on a variety of skills at each grade level that included things like animal walks, various rolls, handstands, and cartwheels. Ms. Stockman, our student teacher, did a great job organizing the space and keeping students engaged in meaninful movement. Our focus this week had a behavior/social responsibility component along with a skill component. Below are the SHAPE America Grade Level Outcomes we addressed...
This was our second week of our bowling unit. Our students got to do a realistic re-creation of a "full lane" bowling experience! They used an app on the iPads to keep score called My Bowling Scorecard. We learned how to use the app and worked together to follow the correct bowler rotational order taking turns doing different jobs.
This week our students worked on the underhand rolling/bowling skill. We practiced the skill in a variety of activities with the different grade levels. Here is a look at the activities the students were engaged in this week.
Only saw kinders once this week due to the half day on Friday, but we worked on our bowling skills too!
This week students worked on the skill of "hand striking" with different objects this week. We used balloons, small & large beachballs, and volleyball trainers! Our student teacher, Ms. Stockman, planned several lessons that incorporated a lot of individual and partner skill practice.
Our 3-5 graders enjoyed working together to use forearm passes and overhead passes and guide their beachball into a large box made of mats!
Our kindergarten students even got to do some striking with paddles and balloons! They practiced along with this video and then got to do some individual and partner stations using both hands and paddles.
These station ideas and signs came from OPENphysed We divided the gym into quadrants and had students rotate through 2 different individual stations and 2 different partner stations each using balloons.
What an EXCITING week...Halloween AND our first snowfall of the year! There was definitely a buzz of excitement in the gym this week. Ms. Stockman planned a few holiday-themed activities for our students and our 4th & 5th graders spent 1 day working on the PE Central challenges. Here's a quick look at what we did this week...
Our 4th & 5th graders spent 1 day this week working on the PE Central Challenge...a series of 6 different skill tests that students try to complete throughout the year. Our awards bulletin board is beginning to fill up with students who have earned a Bronze level (4 challenges complete), Silver level (5 challenges), and Gold level (6 challenges complete). We typically have one "testing day" each month to give students an opportunity to try and complete any challenges they can.
This Week in #PhysEd
Check out all the fun "learning" going on in the gym at Williamsburg Elementary!